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HRTV: Stephen Covey on effective time management

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When you’re a leader, there are hundreds of things competing for your attention at work. Many senior executives have confessed they find effective time management a difficult challenge to overcome because they have too many things to complete in a day.

It gets worse when they hold a global portfolio in their company because they now have to manage teams and oversee business operations in different regions.

But a leader is only valuable if he can decide what’s important and not let work overwhelm his personal life.

Dr Stephen R. Covey, author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, says you are your own enemy when it comes to setting boundaries between work and play. Instead of attempting to complete every single task, it’s understanding what is important in your personal mission statement that will help you balance work and personal life efficiently. Here’s his take on how you can manage time effectively.

Written by Human Resources

October 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Posted in Personal career, Video

The Office Party Survival Guide

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Knowing your limits at an office party will save your career

An office party is still a party, right? After all, what is the purpose of a party if you can’t let your hair down and escape from the demands of your job for a night?

But let’s face it. An office party is ultimately a corporate event. We all know, like every other corporate function, an office party is not exactly a simple event to plan or attend.

Party planning requires a great deal of time and effort. The party planning committee usually involves the management team and co-workers who think of creative ways on how to make the party a successful one. Once a budget has been set, they have to decide on the formality of the party, depending on the organisation’s corporate environment; the theme; finding a location for the party to be held at; and picking a suitable date that will not clash with work deadlines and appraisals. All of these, while bearing in mind that the party has to have mass appeal.

Now that the shindig is underway, you’re all ready and set to socialise with your co-workers. Oh look. There’s your boss. You go up to him, try to make small talk with him, some of your colleagues join you, you share witty anecdotes back and forth, have a couple of drinks and spend the night as merry as can be.

Not quite.

While an office party may be a casual business function, it is still a business function. Unless it is a social event outside of the workplace, maintaining good party etiquette is key. Before you decide to unleash your inner wild child, think again. Do you really want to be the talk of town for the next few weeks, months even? Here are the top three grave corporate party mistakes everyone should avoid.

1. Drinking yourself silly

“Drinks are on the house all night long!” You tell yourself. Before you know it, you keep returning to the bar, ordering one lychee martini after the other, not realising how much you’ve imbibed. You wake up the next morning, nursing a bad hangover and not remembering a single thing you did or said last night.

If you have had too much to drink at the party, do apologise to anyone you may have offended in your drunken stupor. If there is one thing you shouldn’t do, do not pretend to ignore your behaviour. In this case, ignorance is not bliss.

2. Dressing provocatively
Unless you’re going out to party (in this case, where the party isn’t actually a party), dress appropriately for the occasion. If in doubt, stay on the safe side. You can never go wrong with a professional get-up.

3. Forgetting that it is still a corporate function
Of course it isn’t wrong for you to share a joke or two amongst your colleagues, but keep them tasteful. You should stay clear of offensive jokes or topics that are deemed taboo such as religion, race or sex.

At the end of the day, whether it is an office party or a company picnic, it is important for employers to organise staff events. They help to build up workplace morale, and encourage employees and senior executives to interact with one another.


Written by Diyana Z

October 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Posted in Work-life